CARACAS, Thursday June 06, 2013 | Update

Opposition introduces register of voters including 180,125 dead

The rolls containing the names of the deceased that have not been removed are from 2000-2005 and 2008-2012

The National Electoral Council is expected to take action on its own (File photo: Efe)
Thursday June 06, 2013  12:56 PM
Experts from the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) plan to submit this week to the National Electoral Council (CNE) data of 180,125 dead people that remain enabled to vote.

The list including the names of dead people that have not been removed from the register of voters was based on data of deaths kept at the National Statistics Institute (INE) and the claims lately collected by Simón Bolívar Command, the opposition campaign team of ex-presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski.

Consulted experts in election matters upheld that such information (the list containing information about the death certificates) the roll was unknown before the last presidential election.

The list can be accessed on the website of El Universal. ( The paper includes full name, ID number, voting center and date of death reported by the INE.

Opposition technicians clarified that since the listing is limited to data of the people who died nine years ago, it should not be construed as final. The fact of the matter is that the opposition has been unable to get access to the death records of 2006 and 2007.

In percentage terms, most of the names requested by the opposition to be removed are those of people who died in the last three years.

Nevertheless, in the opinion of Sandra Oblitas, the vice-president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), in order to remove any name from the register of voters, their relatives need to submit the death certificate to the CNE.

The president of the Civil and Electoral Registry Commission specified that the CNE could not act ex officio. Otherwise, "we run the risk of acting based on a false assumption and denying the right to vote of any Venezuelan."
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